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At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Nursery

Curriculum-global theme overview, including English outcomes: As children begin their journey in Nursery, they will explore their similarities and differences, and how diversity is something to be celebrated through the text, My World, Your World by Melanie Walsh. We will learn about our School’s Character Skills and use these skills to support our learning around how to treat others in our school community.

Physical, Social and Emotional Development: We will be meeting the other members of our class and sharing information about ourselves. We will be learning about the behaviour expectations at school.

Communication and Language: We will be learning to listen carefully and share our knowledge, experiences and ideas with others. We will talk about what makes us special and practise saying our names and asking others their name.

Physical Development: We will be developing our physical skills through play. We will develop our fine motor control by using tools such as scissors, tweezers and pens to practise little movements. We will be using our bodies to move around outside, through activities such as climbing to develop our gross motor control.

Literacy: We will enjoy a range of books about people from different communities. As a class we will discuss how we are similar and different. We will begin to recognise our name and listen carefully to sounds in the environment as part of our phonics learning.

Maths: We will be learning to count to five using objects and rhymes and talking about which numbers are special to us, such as our door number or age.

Understanding the World: We will be exploring the world around us through our core text and learning about our Nursery community. We will be sharing what’s important to us and talking about our likes and dislikes.

Expressive Arts and Design: We will be looking carefully at our faces and bodies and creating self-portraits to share our knowledge. We will be celebrating what makes each of us special.

Parents and carers can support their children’s learning at home through daily reading. This will enable children to further develop their vocabulary and communication skills.

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

 

Reception

Our topic for the Autumn term is ‘Identity and Diversity’. We will be exploring our new community and the people in it through our core text "All Are Welcome’, by Alexandra Penfold. The book is a journey through children’s first days at school, and the exciting things they will see and learn. Through this, we will begin to teach children about the school’s values, and begin to discuss the character skills we will develop in their journey through Rockliffe. Our first day was a success, with the children excited to explore their new surroundings, and learn each other’s names. This learning journey will be supplemented with the book ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy, whose illustrations we will use to discuss the theme of hope and aspirations.

Physical, Social and Emotional Development: We will be meeting the other members of our class and sharing information about ourselves. We will also be learning about the behaviour expectations at school.

Communication and Language: We will be learning to listen carefully and share our knowledge, experiences and ideas with others. We will talk about what makes us special and practice asking questions about the things we hear and see.

Physical Development: We will be developing our physical skills through play. We will develop our fine motor control by using tools such as scissors, tweezers and pencils to practise little movements. We will be using our bodies to move around outside, through activities such as completing an obstacle course to develop our gross motor control.

Literacy: We will enjoy a range of books about people from different communities. As a class we will discuss aspects that are similar and different to our own and practice asking questions about the things we hear and see in the books that we read. We will begin our phonics program, linking sounds to letters, and we will focus on writing our names.

Maths: We will be learning to count reliably to 10 and recognise these numbers using Numicon to help our learning. We will also be learning to recognise numbers important to us, such as our door number or our birthday. We will be using shapes in our play to make models or patterns and learn to identify and name shapes by their properties.

Understanding the World: We will be exploring the world around us through our core text and learning about our community. We will be creating a class map to celebrate our diversity and sharing ways to say hello in different languages.

Expressive Arts and Design: We will be looking carefully at our faces and creating self-portraits using a variety of materials to create our own self-portraits including collage, transient art and line drawings.

Enjoying books with your child will help to develop their learning in phonics as well as communication and language skills, so please do try and read regularly with your child.

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